This trip was at the beginning of January 2012 – for the New Year holidays. A relatively cheap Perm-Moscow-Delhi ticket was bought back from Aeroflot for 18,500 rubles, and a Delhi-Kathmandu ticket back from SpiceJet from India for 5,300 rubles. For information – now the air ticket from Perm to Delhi via Moscow and back costs no less than 30 thousand rubles for any dates.
So, I arrive in Delhi. I decided that it was better not to go through passport control and not to extinguish a double-entry Indian visa, but to sit out at night in the transit zone of Delhi Airport. At the transit counter, I caught a Sikh Hindu with an Aeroflot badge around my neck and led me to a girl who was recording the data of transit passengers. From our flight of transit passengers were about 7 people. And everyone bought tickets for SpiceJet for the same morning flight. After some waiting on the seats we were called. It turns out that the Hindu Sikh and the girl called a representative of the airline SpiceJet to register us at the transit counter. The first to register was a group of 4 people from our flight who did not have a card with which they were paid for air tickets. It turns out that the rules of the airline SpiceJet says that the card must be shown at check-in. They were asked to pay for tickets with another card. I don’t know how they got out, but they put them on a flight. I successfully received the boarding and began a long wait for the flight Delhi-Kathmandu.
Later it turned out that the flight was delayed due to bad weather at Kathmandu airport. As the commander of our aircraft later explained, Kathmandu Airport is located at an altitude of more than 1,300 meters above sea level and does not have the technical means to land in the fog. First, the delay was announced for 30 minutes, then another, another and another. The Hindus began to worry, a small riot arose. After the scandals with representatives of the airline, the Indians managed to knock out food – sandwiches and refreshing products of Pepsi in cans. I only got the sandwich. Gas. more discerning Indians dismantled water. Scandals of passengers continued. Finally announced landing.
The flight was normal and we flew to Kathmandu – the capital of the Republic of Nepal. I left the airport and was immediately attacked by enterprising and annoying taxi drivers. Getting rid of the taxi drivers, I went to look for a bus stop to the city center. After wandering around the area near the airport, I went to a bus stop located 5 minutes away. Immediately there was a shock – on buses all the inscriptions only in the local language. Here come the bus stop. A teenage conductor hangs out of the door. At the bus stop, he jumps off to the ground – collects money, invites passengers. Shouts something like: “Ratnaparathnaparten”. It is he who announces that the bus is going to Ratna Park. It is very difficult to understand something. I began to ask if each of the bus stops going to the place I wanted. One of the teenagers pointed to a nearby bus. I asked him if he was going there and got into it. About 30 minutes later, a bus brought me to Ratna Park. The teen conductor charged 15 Nepalese rupees — a little less than 6 rubles.
Many tourists use Kathmandu as a launching pad to visit the mountain peaks – because the international airport in Nepal is only in Kathmandu. As it is known, in the north of Nepal there are 8 of the 14 highest mountain peaks of the world – the eight-thousanders, including the highest peak of the world – Everest (Jomolungma). Every self-respecting climber must conquer them all. The rest of the tourists believe that they are also mountaineers, but they do not have mountaineering experience and do not have equipment, but also want to conquer something. For them, too, there are special routes and these routes are called trekking. For example, “Trekking to Everest Base Camp – 5550 meters.” But it seems to be better to do it in the fall, and now it is not the season – winter. I will show you what Kathmandu is like as a place to walk and take pictures.